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Sami National Day in Sweden February 6, 2015


Today is a very important day for Sweden’s indigenous people the Sami. These are the people once known as Lapps. They live in the Arctic area of what they call Sámpi. This area is the far north of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. The Sami are the only indigenous people of Scandinavia.

They are a most fascinating people who I have had the great pleasure to have spent time with at the Jokkmokk  40th Jubilee Marknad in the north of Sweden. This was in 2005 and an experience I will cherish my entire life. I have Native American Blackfoot blood running in my veins, so I feel a natural kinship with the Sami. Below you will find photos from that visit.

One of the most memorable moments was a dinner we attended. We were served bear meat and as tradition, you must first pull the meat through a brass ring to capture the spirit and strength of the bear. Many at the dinner refused, but my husband and I did. I still have my brass ring to continue to give me strength.

Welcome to visit either of these two links to learn more about the Sami if Sweden.

https://sweden.se/society/sami-in-sweden/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Sami_National_Day

We were getting closer

We were getting closer

The Sami flag

The Sami flag

We enjoyed the Marknad and met may people. Then we were invited to a dance in the evening . Oh it was absolutely wonderful! I asked of course before taking photos of the beautiful costumes that everyone was wearing. They were magnificent and I hope my photos capture that.

I have a very special memento from the marknad (market). A very old lady made a pair of traditional wraps for my fur boots. She helped me to lace them on and they have remained on my boots till this day, since 2005.

Beautiful knives and tin are  just some of the cradts that Sami are famous for

Beautiful knives and tin and basket weaving are just some of the crafts that Sami are famous for

Raindeer are very important to the Sami

Reindeer are very important to the Sami

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HAPPY NATIONAL SAMI DAY FEBRUARY 6, 2015!


Christmas Market at Löfstad Slott (palace)


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Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap had a great first day of the Christmas Market at Löfstad Palace.

I was very happy to be placed in the same cozy room as last year. Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap shared the room with Kristina Karlsson who owns Hejtorp Gårdsmejeri (farm dairy). She sells her wonderful delicious hand made goat cheese. http://www.hejtorp.se

We arrived early so I had the opportunity to walk around and view other vendors and the palace.

During this day, I was happy to meet previous customers from last year and to meet new customers.
It feels so good to bring my wonderful Eco-Friendly natural goat milk soap to so many people.

Our second day went far better than expected. Great sales and we met so many nice new customers .

We had a wonderful two days.

Goodbye Läfstad Slott. See you on 2015!
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Good Evening from Gullringstorp’!


Our goats were in again due to very cold weather and pending rain/snow.

At dinner time, all the females were out playing in the corridors. I just love watching them greet each other and run and frolic.

It’s always bittersweet to corral them back into their boxes. They had their fun but it was soon mealtime and then bedtime.

In addition to grain, hay, fresh water, they each got crispy cool kale.

Tonight I chose one goat to highlight; Florian.
He’s a sweet wether( castrated) Pygmy buck born here at Gullringstorp.

He’s just so beautiful to look at and snuggle.

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Frosty Morning


After a very cold night we have frost everywhere this morning. The trees are all frosty, the pond has ice and the fish look frozen, the windows to the lust hus are all icy. It’s 0C now so I expect the frost will remain all day.

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Preparing for Winter at Gullringstorp!


Lots of preparations here at Gullringstorp. Many things need to be done before the snows come again .

Our tractor which is so important during winter time, must be carefully cared for. This machine will move and clear vast amounts of snow making it possible for us to drive in and our of Gullringstorp.
Once the snow had been shoveled, it has to be moved to make room for more. The tractor easily moves mountains of snow into an area not used during winter, the goat enclosure.
If and when we have a nice clear day during winter, the goats can go our and they have mountains of snow to climb on.

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Happy Birthday Afternoon in the Swedish Countryside


This afternoon,we attended a beautiful Birthday celebration lunch with one of our neighbors. The Swedish flag always is flown when there is a birthday. You can see the flag at the home of the birthday lady.

We had a lovely time meeting neighbors and new people. There was a lovely set table of delicious dishes to be enjoyed. We were fortunate to have two very kind people join us at our table.

It was a time to not only meet new people, but to get any local information of local events.

It was a beautiful afternoon spent in wonderful company and delicious

Thank you to our hosts and
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

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Good Morning from Gullringstorp!


As Max and I walked around Gullringstorp on this cold, windy, wet morning, something caught my eye, more than once.

It looked like Gullringstorp was laden with the finest jewels in the night.

The tiny drops of water, dew and moisture, created such gems everywhere I looked.

Max and Harry kept a firm grip on their fish. Harry always looks worried as they watch over the pond. They shine with the morning dew.

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Morning With Boris


It’s taken some time to be able to know Boris’ potty habits. It took Boris nearly a month to start eating after arriving at Gullringstorp.

I knew he used his potty pool at the bottom of his enclosure. Now with regular meals being digested, I know when he uses his potty.

I clean his potty every morning after I give him his breakfast.
He does his business in the late evening.

Why is this so important to know?
Because now I can comfortable clean his pool and replace the water with hot water.
I know he won’t go in that pool till evening so there is no risk of him getting burned.
The hot water will add to the humidity that is much needed in his enclosure. It’s important along with the level of heat for his digestion and for his skin.

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A Wet Gullringstorp !


After a rainy night and morning, being outside is not an option for our girls. Our more rugged boys are out, no problem.
It will be a quiet day in the stable.

Peanut and her mother have the right idea. They feel it’s a stay in bed kind of day.

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